Every South African a Swimmer

Le Clos & van der Burgh visit the podium in Barcelona

Le Clos & van der Burgh visit the podium in Barcelona
The second stop of the 2015 Mare Nostrum Series got underway on Wednesday in Barcelona. With just 48 days to go to the FINA World Championships in Kazan a number of athletes are out there getting in important racing exposure well before their sjorn to Russia. None so more than the South African contingent that is gracing the series.

Wednesday evening saw  Chad le Clos (twice) and Cameron van der Burgh visit the podium.

Ben Proud snatched a win in the men’s 50m butterfly posting a time of 23.70 with Konrad Czerniak placing second in 23.89, while Chad le Clos finished third in 23.92.

Adam Peaty, won the 100m breaststroke in a rapid  59.55 to clinched the title in Barcelona.  Yasuhiro Koseki, secured the silver in 59.81 ahead of Cameron van der Burgh who had to settle for the bronze in 1:00.68.

Chad le Clos rocketed to second in the world in the men’s 200m butterfly in a time of 1:54.90.  His effort slashed the meet record of 1:55.18 of Daiya Seto from 2014.  Seto placed second in 1:55.11, while Viktor Bromer snarled third in 1:55.46.

Jeanette Ottesen secured the title with a 57.15 in the women’s 100m butterfly.  Fran Halsall picked up second-place in 58.96, while Natsumi Hoshi posted a 59.22 for the minor placing.

The “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu swam to the top time in the world this year in the women’s 400m IM. Hosszu hit the wall in 4:31.93 for the win while Hannah Miley took second overall in 4:36.96 ahead of Catalina Corro placing third in a 4:40.08.

Jazz Carlin swam a measured race to win the women’s 800m freestyle  in a time of 8:28.59.  Keri-Anne Payne placed second in 8:30.16 with Melani Costa Schmid third in 8:32.08.

Christopher Walker-Hebborn (25.23) and Liam Tancock (25.48) went 1-2 in the men’s 50-meter backstroke. Takeshi Kawamoto placed third in 25.50.

Moniek Nijhuis secured the title for the women’s 50m breaststroke in a time of 30.93.  Jenna Laukkanen finished second in 31.08 with Sally Hunter securing third in 31.31.

Sebastiaan Verschuren won the men’s 100m freestyle in 49.01. Katsumi Nakamura hit the wall second in 49.14, while Andrey Grechin snagged third overall in 49.50.

Mie Nielsen won the women’s 100m backstroke in 59.37. Her effort beat the meet record of 59.47 set by Aya Terakawa in 2013. Elizabeth Simmonds took silver in 1:00.23 with Georgia Davies secured the bronze in 1:00.39.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo scorched to a 24.59 to win the women’s 50m freetyle.  The time was a tad off her third-ranked 24.35 at the Eindhoven Swim Cup. Jeanette Ottesen took second in 24.64.  Fran Halsall put up a 24.76 to take third.

Ryosuke Irie cranked out a 1:55.55 to win the men’s 200m backstroke in Barcelona.  Masaki Kaneko touched well back in second in 1:57.50, while Radoslaw Kawecki settled for third in 1:57.74.

Kosuke Hagino won the men’s 200m IM in a meet-record time of 1:57.75.  His effort bested Laszlo Cseh’s mark of 1:58.94 from 2011. Daniel Wallace secured second in 2:00.71 with Roberto Pavoni a distant third in 2:02.18.

Femke Heemskerk charged to a meet record in the women’s 200m freestyle in a time of 1:55.22.  Siobhan Marie O’Connor secured silver  in 1:57.23, while Melanie Margalis won bronze in 1:57.91.

Nicholas Granger edged Ryan Cochrane, 3:48.29 to 3:48.69, in the men’s 400m freestyle.  James Guy placed third in 3:48.83 in a closely contested affair.

Results for day 1: http://www.natacio.cat/cat/arxiu/veure/2576#Finals

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